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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Future Hyundai and Kia Vehicles May Be Tuned Using a Smartphone App

Hyundai and Kia are certainly embracing smartphone-based car technologies that go beyond the usual infotainment. After announcing the first-ever smartphone-based car key system, the Korean automaker has now developed a way to adjust the performance of its electric vehicles by simply using a smartphone-based app.

2020 Land Rover Defender Logs 1.2 Million Kilometers in Testing

To celebrate World Land Rover Day, Land Rover has announced plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with the Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya. A Defender prototype wearing a unique camouflage will experience life at the Borana Conservancy as part of Land Rover’s 15-year partnership with Tusk Trust.

Piaggio Philippines Offers New 3-, 4-Wheeled Cargo Solutions

Autoitalia Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Piaggio products in the country widens its portfolio with new cargo solutions made especially for urban areas. The line includes new 3-wheeled APÉ diesel models and the first-ever four-wheeled Piaggio in the country.

Review: 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4x4

Watching people gawk at the Ford Ranger Wildtrak as it parked itself on a busy street in Makati made the entire trip worth it. See the Ranger’s always had the “capability” part nailed down—it was and still is the best truck if you wanted sheer ability to go off-roading or haul stuff. It’s the “smart” part that’s seen a slew of competitors try and take the Ranger’s crown. This 2019, ford has had to take the ace out of their sleeve but nonetheless, it blows everyone else out of the water in the process.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Would You Have Preferred the Kia Forte or the Chinese Market Kia K3?

Kia Philippines sprung a surprise at the Manila International Auto Show by reviving the Forte compact sedan for the local market, including the introduction of a high-performance variant, the Forte GT. But what if, just what if, they decided to look to China like they did the Soluto? We’d be getting the all-new Kia K3 instead.

Vehicle Importers Saw Q1 2019 Sales Decline 3 Percent

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) reports that First Quarter 2019 sales still fell 3 percent to 22,497 units compared to 23,038 during the same period last year. That said, the group saw March 2019 sales hit a positive 8 percent. The 7,952 units sold during the month is up compared to 7,380 units in 2018 indicating that the automotive industry is beginning to recover.

Biggest Test Drive Festival Returns to MOA This May 2-5, 2019

Eleven brands will showcase their model line-ups and offer test drives at the biggest outdoor test drive festival. Slated this May 2 to 5 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds, the Phoenix Petroleum 2019 Auto Focus Summer Test Drive Festival will offer a one-stop shop for prospective car buyers.

How Volkswagen Managed to Stay On Top in the World's Most Competitive Car Market

“China is the most competitive automotive market in the world,” declares Immo Buschmann, Senior Director for Sales at SAIC Volkswagen. At 27.5 percent or 22.784 million vehicles sold, it’s currently the biggest car market in the world—bigger than the USA (17.284 million) and Japan (4.891 million) combined. Yet, less than four decades ago, it was dismissed by everyone.

Subaru Just Quietly Increased the Price of the 2019 Forester

This piece of news flew past below most radars, so in case you missed it: Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country decided to increase the price of the all-new 2019 Forester.

Is the 2020 Creta Poised to be Hyundai's First 7-Seater Small SUV?

Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, Palisade—currently, Hyundai is offering no less than 5 SUVs priced and positioned fairly close to each other. Now, there’s the question of the second-generation Creta to consider as well.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Brembo Holds Special Sale at Vios Racing Festival

The Toyota Vios Cup is back as the Vios Racing Festival. And with it, AutoPerformance PH, the exclusive distributor of Brembo brakes in the Philippines is preparing an activity-filled day at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds today.

Friday, April 26, 2019

There's a Problem with Shell's New Campaign

Okay, so Pilipinas Shell recently launched a new campaign starring three new ambassadors: Maine Mendoza, Drew Arellano, and Nico Bolzico. While we don’t question the effectiveness of using celebrities to sell fuel, we do have a beef with the cars they’re using.

Isuzu Philippines Launches New Brand Campaign

Isuzu Philippines embarks on a new campaign that sees them collaborating more closely with its dealers, business partners, suppliers, and of course, the various Isuzu clubs and owners across the country.

We Heard You Like Wings and Downforce On Your Nissan GT-R

We hear you love wings and lots of downforce, so here’s a Nissan GT-R with a humongous wing grafted on its front-end to the point that from some angles, it’s actually hard to tell which is the front and rear ends.

Honda Civic Type R is Latest Car to be Given the LEGO Treatment

One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size Lego model in Australia.

Is This Undrivable Ford Escort Worth P 5.22 Million?

Do you think this non-road worthy, undrivable Ford Escort is worth 90,000 euros (~ P 5.22 million)? Well, if bling is your thing then probably because it’s made from silver, gold, and diamonds.

10 Facts You Need to Know About Subaru's Thailand Assembly Plant

Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL) and Subaru Corporation joined forces to build the Japanese carmaker’s first assembly plant in Asia outside Japan. Representing a significant investment, but more importantly, a cementing of a long-term partnership, the new Tan Chong Subaru Automotive (Thailand) or TCSAT plant will serve the growing demand for Subaru vehicles under the Motor Image distribution network.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hyundai Philippines Sales Jump 12.5 Percent for January-March 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) reports that its Q1 2019 (First Quarter 2019) sales grew 12.5 percent compared to the same period last year. The official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the country reported sales of 9,949 units, up from 8,847 units in 2018.

Next-Generation Subaru XV for Philippine Market May Be Assembled in Thailand

Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL) says that there’s a possibility that the next-generation Subaru XV could be assembled at the newly-inaugurated 100,000-square meter facility located in Bangkok Thailand’s Ladkrabang Industrial Estate.

Adaptive LED Headlights Confirmed to Improve Night-time Visibility and Safety

A study done by the American Automobile Association (AAA) has confirmed what car companies like Mazda already know: adaptive driving beam headlight technology (Adaptive LED Headlights in Mazda-speak) improves safety, especially when driving at night.

12.3 Million Vehicles May Get Another Airbag-related Recall Soon

The global recall concerning faulty Takata airbag inflators hasn’t even completely settled down yet, and another one looks to be on the way.

Toyota is Giving Owners a Chance to Race at the Vios Autocross Challenge

Attention all Toyota vehicle owners, do you have what it takes to be the next racing superstar? Then answer the call and join the first leg of the Toyota Vios Autocross Challenge this coming April 27 to April 28, 2019, 9:00 AM at Block 16 of the Mall of Asia open grounds.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Honda Cars Philippines Launches 2019 Brio, Price Starts at P 585,000 (w/ 17 Photos, Brochure)

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. introduces its newest entry in the A-segment passenger car category: the all-new 2019 Brio. This is a response to customers who aspire to own and experience Honda’s signature sporty and practical characteristics in an affordable package.

Subaru's New Thailand Plant to Help Boost Vehicle Quality, Cut Waiting Times

Subaru Corporation Senior General Manager for Sales and Marketing, Mr. Tomohiro Ishitobi admits that the car company’s own success is to blame for the recent spat of scandals involving vehicle recalls (brake switch, valve springs, power steering, among others) and safety-related data falsification.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Tivoli Premium Sport

Admittedly, the SsangYong Tivoli was not a looker. When it appeared on my driveway, I nearly missed it, and walked right past. I suppose it did not help that Techno Grey was clearly not my color. Add to that, my first drive out in the little crossover made me eyeroll — the brakes were too soft and sensitive, making the car jerky; and, being only on a 1.6-liter engine, the power was not as responsive as I was used to. Day One—color me unimpressed.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Has One of the World's Best Car Interiors for 2019

This year, Hyundai has managed to pick up its eighth 10 Best Interiors award with the 2019 Santa Fe. Earning the honor from a field of 32 vehicle nominees with new or significantly redesigned interior, 8 jurors from Wards Auto scored them based on aesthetics, comfort, fit-and-finish, material quality and ergonomics. While value is a consideration, there is no price cap for entries.

Monday, April 22, 2019

These Are the World's Most Instagrammed Cars in 2018

Insurance company Veygo has released some interesting statistics in the past including the most desired car brand and most desired supercar. Now, they’ve come up with yet another interesting study and this time, it deals with the world’s most Instagrammed car.

Mercedes-Benz to End Collaboration with Renault-Nissan; Looks at Geely Instead

Mercedes-Benz’s parent company will have a new CEO come this May and he’s shaking the company quite a bit. According to a Reuters report (via Automotive News), Ola Kallenius will take helm and is determined to make efficiency gains by 2021 in both Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and the Daimler Trucks division.

Can the Volkswagen Teramont Go Against the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, and Hyundai Palisade?

Large, boxy, and fitted with 7 seats—Volkswagen’s Teramont SUV certainly has the right recipe for success. Known as the Atlas in the U.S. where it originated, tailored to American needs, the Teramont has since taken a decidedly more luxurious approach; a reflection of Volkswagen’s premium mainstream positioning in markets such as the Middle East, China, and yes, even the Philippines.

Aston Martin Shows Off All-Electric Future with Rapide E (w/ Video)

Aston Martin has revealed the final production-ready iteration of its first all-electric production car, with the Rapide E making its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai.

2020 Nissan Sylphy Program Manager Talks About Design

Nissan is on a roll. After revealing the all-new Almera (Versa) sub-compact sedan in the U.S., they did the same with the Sylphy compact sedan at Auto Shanghai. One of the people responsible for this new design direction is Shinichiro Irie, a program design director based at the Nissan Global Design Center.

This Supreme Hot Wheels Set Now Sells for P 11,000

How much are you willing to pay for a Hot Wheels slapped with some Supreme decals? Apparently, a lot of money for a lot of folks.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Caltex Partners with MVP Rewards on New Loyalty Program

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), in partnership with MVP Rewards and Loyalty Solutions, Inc., announced a new rewards program that will give even more value to customers.

Nissan is Now Philippines's Third Best-Selling Nameplate

Nissan is now the third best-selling car brand, according to the latest figures released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines or CAMPI. Currently, the carmaker now holds a 11.3 percent market share, up from 6.1 percent last year.

Hino to Open in Butuan

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) breaks ground for its first dealership in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. This addition to Hino’s dealership network in Mindanao highlights the company’s commitment to deliver Total Support to Filipinos in different parts of the country through reliable truck and bus solutions.

Suzuki Jimny is 2019 World Urban Car of the Year

The Jaguar I-PACE may have swept the World Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year awards, but there’s one that it didn’t get: World Urban Car of the Year. Instead, that honor went to the 2019 Suzuki Jimny.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hyundai Creates a Small Brother to the Kona: Meet the 2020 Venue Subcompact SUV (w/ 15 Photos)

Hyundai has revealed its smallest crossover to date: the 2020 Venue. Designed for those seeking a seamless combination of style and versatility, it does so without breaking the bank because it’s now the most affordable SUV in the Korean carmaker’s lineup.

The Jaguar I-PACE Sweeps the World Car of the Year Titles

The Jaguar I-PACE swept the World Car titles—receiving the World Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year—the first vehicle to do so in the 15-year history of the awards.

Ford Mustang is 2018's Best-Selling Sportscar

As Ford marks Mustang’s 55th anniversary on this National Mustang Day, enthusiasts everywhere are celebrating the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth consecutive year.

Subaru Unveils 2020 Outback: The Most Advanced Yet In Its History (w/ 17 Photos)

Subaru has unwrapped the all-new 2020 Outback offering the most advanced features, design, and capability in its history.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Pushes the Performance Envelope Even More (w/ 11 Photos)

Nissan isn’t just going for a bit of nostalgia at the New York International Auto Show with its heritage-inspired 370Z 50th Anniversary and GT-R 50th Anniversary models, but they’re actually pushing the performance envelope even more. Case in point is the 2020 GT-R NISMO—which is the closest you can get to a road legal GT3 race car.

Nissan Celebrates 50th Anniversary of GT-R by Bringing Back One of Its Most Iconic Colors (w/ 11 Photos)

Few vehicles in the world can be instantly identified by just three letters. But to motoring enthusiasts everywhere, “GT-R” has become synonymous with excitement, high performance, and unparalleled refinement.

Here's a Closer Look at the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross (w/ 13 Photos)

Admittedly, Volkswagen is late to the SUV game, but expects to catch up fairly quickly. By 2025, they expect that 50 percent of their sales will be an SUV, compared to about 20 percent today. One of the products that will lead this charge is the T-Cross—a new sub-compact crossover that’ll serve as one of the bookends to the VW SUV line-up.

Toyota Finally Goes Electric; Launches First-Ever EVs

After believing that its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) was the way to go, Toyota has now shifted gears and is finally launching its first-ever full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The introduction of the carmaker’s first two electric vehicles will pave the way to launch 10 more during the first half of the 2020s.

We Think We Know the 2 SUVs Volkswagen Philippines is Bringing In This Year

Ayala, it seems, likes to play guessing games. Earlier this year, it was all about guessing which three (well, now four) vehicles that Kia’s unboxing in 2019. Then, there’s the daily routine of figuring out the best time to flush the toilet and do the laundry (thanks Manila Water). And now, the game has extended to which two Volkswagen SUVs they’re bringing in.

Jeep is Showing Off Customization Options for the Gladiator at Annual Easter Safari

Jeep is using its annual Easter Safari to show off possible customization options for its Gladiator pickup truck through 6 new “concept” vehicles. These concepts showcase both a selection of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts all developed by Mopar. These parts pass rigorous testing and have Jeep’s legendary 4x4 capabilities in mind.

Buy a Toyota Vios This April and Your PMS is Free for Up to 20,000 Kilometers

Toyota Motor Philippines iss offering their biggest summer blowout with great deals on their best-sellers: the Vios, Innova, Hilux, and Fortuner.

2018 Kia Stinger, Nissan Leaf are "Furthest Ahead of Its Direct Competitors"

The Society of Automotive Engineers has awarded the Kia Stinger and Nissan Leaf with the inaugural J.D. Power Automotive Engineering Awards.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Nissan Celebrates 50 Years of the Z Car by Recreating a Motorsports Classic (w/ 9 Photos)

Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Z car with the introduction of the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition. Designed with a distinctive racing livery appearance, it pays homage to the #46 BRE Datsun 240Z that won multiple SCCA National Championships.

The First-Ever Lexus LM Makes a Rolls-Royce Seem Unnecessary (w/ 15 Photos)

Lexus revealed the latest addition to its lineup, the first-ever LM or Luxury Mover. The best part? It’s confirmed for sale in China and select Asian markets, including the Philippines.